The Richmond Hill High School girls’ soccer team’s stellar season was reflected in the selections for the All-Region 3-AAAAA team.
The Lady Wildcats garnered four of the 11 spots on the all-region first team in a vote by the region coaches. Three other Richmond Hill players received honorable mention.
Earning all-region first-team honors were a trio of seniors — striker Nia Gordon, midfielder Jasmine Marquez and midfielder Casey Qua — and freshman striker Grace Kiser.
“It is always one of the highest compliments a player can receive when the opponents’ coaches recognize your contributions to your team by voting you as one of the outstanding players that they went up against all season,” RHHS head coach Steve Kollman said. “These young ladies represent the hard work that it takes to be counted among the best.”
Gordon was named the Region 3-AAAAA Player of the Year, and Kollman was voted the coach of the year for leading the Lady Wildcats to a 19-1 final record, an undefeated regular season, the region championship and the state quarterfinals.
Gordon set school records with six goals in a game and 59 goals for the season, and also notched 10 assists. She will continue her soccer career at West Virginia University.
Marquez led RHHS with 15 assists and scored six goals, while Qua posted 11 assists and seven goals. Marquez signed with Point University and Qua with Brenau University.
Kiser made an immediate impact as a freshman, finishing second on the team in goals (23) and assists (14).
“The seniors — Nia, Jasmine and Casey — represent the core leaders of this year’s team and will do well at the collegiate level,” Kollman said. “Grace represents the next wave of talented young players that we will build our next three years on.”
Named honorable mention all-region were juniors Sabria Marquez and Anna Petrino and sophomore Logan Martin. Marquez tallied four goals and four assists, Martin had five assists and three goals, and Petrino anchored the Lady Wildcats’ defense while adding three assists and a goal.
Kollman guided Richmond Hill to the Elite Eight for the third time in the last four years and seventh time in his 14 years as head coach. He also picked up his 200th win as the girls’ varsity coach, raising his record to 201-59-6.